Revisiting Deauville

Years ago my parents spent a year living in Deauville. At the time I was living in London but visited them regularly. So on a recent trip to Normandy Peter and I decided to spend a few hours in Deauville.

The flat sandy beaches of Deauville provide a popular holiday location for Parisians and visitors from all over the globe. Early risers can see race horses getting their sunrise exercise along the beach.

The flat sandy beaches of Deauville provide a popular holiday location for Parisians and visitors from all over the globe. Early risers can see race horses getting their sunrise exercise along the beach.

It was a beautiful warm September day but, like many seaside towns in France, many of the beachfront cafes were closed for the season. Thankfully the Bar du Soleil was open and had plenty of customers enjoying the last remnants of summer. We therefore decided to pause on our stroll along “Les Planches” for a drink and a plate of frites. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable hour or so just sitting there watching the world go by.

This boardwalk (Les Planches) was built in the early 1920's to allow women to walk along the beach without getting sand in their shoes and gowns. The beach cabins along the boardwalk bear the names of Hollywood stars in reference to the film festival (Festival du Cinema Americain) that takes place here each year.

This boardwalk (Les Planches) was built in the early 1920’s to allow women to walk along the beach without getting sand in their shoes and gowns. The beach cabins along the boardwalk bear the names of Hollywood stars in reference to the film festival (Festival du Cinema Americain) that takes place here each year.

We’d just missed the Deauville Film Festival (not sure if that wasn’t a good thing!) but Deaville was just as grand as I remembered with its impressive sea front properties. I enjoyed our wander down the boardwalk. If only the authorities back home in Perth would make equally good use of our coastline.

Casino Barrière de Deauville, built in 1913 now part of Groupe Lucien Barrière, one of Europe's largest chain of hotels & casinos

Casino Barrière de Deauville, built in 1913 now part of Groupe Lucien Barrière, one of Europe’s largest chain of hotels & casinos

Located on the beach front this 1920's building is now an exhibition hall and art gallery.

Located on the beach front this 1920’s building is now an exhibition hall and art gallery.

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